Posts Tagged ‘sausalito’

The Sister Villages of Sausalito and San Francisco: A View That Hasn’t Changed Much in 80 Years

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

This atypical view of San Francisico with Sausalito in the background makes the 415 look a little like a village – evidence of Manhattanization is all to the left, so all you see is basically the same as what you would have seen in the 1930′s.

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World’s Ugliest Super Yacht Graces Sausalito Today – From Russia With Love

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Elizabeth Lesly Stevens takes note of the World’s Ugliest Super Yacht moored off of Sausalito today.

Seems that 38-year-old Russian multibillionaire Andrey Melnichenko is making a run up California’s coast – he was down at Heast Castle just yesterday.

This is what she looks like:

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And this is where she’s at right now, per Boating SF. Can you see that little green arrow?

Why not go out and take a look right now?

Did Sausalito Install Bicycle Signs That Contradict the California Vehicle Code?

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

The answer is no. But check out this issue over at the StreetsBlog SF, where advocacy meets journalism, and decide for yourself.

Now, did Sausalito install signs that advance someone’s interpretation of the California Vehicle Code?

Yes, yes it did.

The view from the bike path on the main drag of tiny Sausalito right outside all the ice cream shops downtown. (Nature is never too far away in Marin, even in the cities)


Now, is it illegal for Sausalito to put up fishy-looking signs wherever it wants? No se, don’t know.
(People put up official-looking signs all over in San Francisco, check out Sixth and Market for some examples if you want. Mostly, these signs get ignored, mostly.)

Now, if I had to sum up CVC 21202 in four words, it’d be, “Bikes to the right.” Of course there are exceptions to this rule, check it:


(a) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway except under any of the following situations:

(1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.

(2) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

(3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions (including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge, subject to the provisions of Section 21656. For purposes of this section, a “substandard width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

(4) When approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.

(b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway of a highway, which highway carries traffic in one direction only and has two or more marked traffic lanes, may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of that roadway as practicable.

Amended Sec. 4, Ch. 674, Stats. 1996. Effective January 1, 1997.”
You don’t need to be a lawyer to have an opinion on this relatively simple issue. (Of course there are other code sections that can be contradictory – the CVC can be kind of a mess, but oh well.)
Anyway, the Powers That Be are looking into all the new Single File In Bike Lane signs up north – let’s look forward to another report about how this develops.
Stay safe!

How is the Voyage of the Plastiki NOT a Wes Anderson Movie?

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Now, I’m not alone on this or anything, but I just have to say that this whole massively-delayed David de Rothschild Plastiki voyage is looking more and more like a Wes Anderson movie.


“Sea Trials, December 2009″ via Plastiki:

…Imitates Art:

Good casting for this crew, huh? Lights, camera, action:

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(Now, please somebody video or photograph the actual Great North Pacific Garbage Patch / Gyre, if you’d please. As we know, the “patch is not a visibly dense field of floating debris.” So, it would be nice to have just one photograph on the whole Internet showing what the place actually looks like. You know, instead of more of this. Just saying.)

Bon Courage, Bon Voyage.

Cyclists Have No Worry About Cars on Marin County’s Conzelman Road

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Pretty much. There are more bikes than cars on this stretch of one-way road to the Point Bonita Light House and beyond in the Marin Headlands.

The catch is that you have to ride your bike all the way up the two-way part from where the road starts near the North Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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But otherwise, it’s a nice ride…

Art Car Wars: Sausalito vs. San Francisco – Alternative Fuel Source? Baby Juice

Monday, October 12th, 2009

First check out the Sausalito entry here at and then check out the photos below, as seen in the Western Addition.

This vehicle used to be a Honda Civic:

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Here’s a close-up of the trunk:

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The Civic owner is a fan of thrash metal band GWAR, believe it or not.

The winner? San Francisco, by a nose.

Photos of 2009 Fourth of July Fireworks in San Francisco – Legal and Illegal

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Tonight’s Fourth of July fireworks show had a fairly high fog ceiling, so it would have to rate as better than average. Better than last year anyway, but not as good as 2007.

Here’s an excellent eight-second exposure of the northern waterfront show from Lafayette Park in Specific Whites Pacific Heights. Click to expand:

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And here’s a real-time shot of the same show from Twin Peaks:

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Everything is done double – that’s the way they do it. Here’s a double double:

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But this is what happens when the fireworks get too high – you can only see the bottom halves sometimes due to the fog:

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Let’s look across the Bay over at Sausalito. That’s USF in the foreground:

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Now here are some illegal explosions in San Francisco. This was an impressive burst above the northern Mission district:

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And here’s Mission Bay / Dogpatch with Alameda / Oakland in the background – very nice:

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The Mission and points south all had lots of illegal fireworks booming:

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Oh noes, it’s a flare, shooting high above Twin Peaks…

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…and then landing somewhere in the Castro District:

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And there you have it.

The Best Place to See San Francisco is from Battery Spencer in Marin County

Monday, April 20th, 2009

This is the view from San Francisco looking over at the chopped-off hill known as Battery Spencer. What used to be the location of three 12″ Watervliet Arsenalguns from the Edicott Era is now just a short hike uphill from the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge.

See if the Yelpers like it here. Find your way to get there here.

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Sausalito’s Bucolic Cavallo Point Lodge is Just a Stone’s Throw from San Francisco

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Can you see the new/old Cavallo Point Lodge and Fort Baker in the upper part of this view from San Francisco? What you can’t see is the Golden Gate Bridge just to the left.

Some people like CP a lot – it has a different feel than the City yet it’s less than three miles away from San Francisco‘s bustling Marina District.  

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Bring your money and your appetite and you’ll do fine.

See you there!

The Longest Stoplight in the World – A Five Minute Wait in Marin County

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

The traffic light controlling the western entrance of the Bunker Road Tunnel in the Marin Headlands makes you wait five whole minutes. Why? Because it only has one lane for cars, so traffic goes west for a few minutes and then east and then back again, all day long.  

There’s another way back to the Golden Gate Bridge but it’s a whole lot hillier.

After a long countdown, the green light appears. Click to expand:

And here’s your reward, after all the wait. Some people love it, while others get irritated: “Stop braking. Stop it, stop it.”

All in all, a fine tunnel. Look for it between Cavallo Point and Rodeo Cove the next time you’re in the Sausalito area.